"Go around them, go right to the people," Sarah Pailin told fans at the kick-off event of "The Tea Party Express IV: Liberty at the Ballot Box Tour" in Reno this afternoon. The Right Scoop has the video. A few excerpts, then treat yourself to the whole thing: "Don't be thinking that we've got victory in the bag yet. We can't get cocky about this. Those whom you have forced to go on the defense, man, they are wee-wee'd up, and they're comin' after our candidates hard … Our mainstream news media, you've called 'em out, you've shown their true colors. Their old way of doing business? Put a fork in it. It's done. Their ratings reflect it, and they've just been refudiated."
"Money still talks, and Dem Money talks louder and smarter," warns Tom Veal of Stromata Blog (h/t Instapundit), Reason #3 in a must-read cautionary list of "Five Reasons Not to Get Cocky." We know he's right in a sense, but there's something that doesn't like to be told where to put one's money, and had we Tea Party types not started disintermediating umbrella organizations in favor of giving to "strategic small-government candidates, not parties" last year, we might have no reason today to be getting cocky on the eve of a midterm election that has "half the Democrats running for Congress in [deep-blue] Massachusetts … anxious and defensive." Veal's point:
What’s more, the Democrats' money is likely to be more astutely deployed. Most of it comes from labor unions or rich socialists, or is funneled through umbrella organizations. It can be easily directed to the races where it is most needed. The more chaotic, small-donor-based Republican fundraising is inherently inefficient. Money tends to flow to candidates who catch the rank-and-file’s fancy. To take a couple of examples, Christine O’Donnell, whose chances of winning are near to nil, and Michele Bachman, a Minnesota congressman whose chances of losing aren’t much greater, have raised vast sums that could have been better used to, say, bolster Dino Rossi’s close race in Washington State or turn the Oregon Senate race into a contest. So far as I can tell, there are many underfunded Republican candidates in winnable districts this year, while no Democrat who has a chance is going to lose because of lack of cash.
That's the difference between putting your money in the hands of your "betters" in the Ruling Class and putting it where your Country-Class heart and mind are. Had we left it up to the powers that be, we'd be stuck with a passel of RINOs like John McCain himself, whom we'd have to hold our noses to vote for. Instead, a few cliffhangers out there, but our principles are intact, and the powers that be are sitting up and taking notice. Jennifer Rubin tells the tale:
As much, then, as the Republicans, the Democrats and their ideological soul mates have been rocked by the Tea Partiers. While the Tea Partiers energized the GOP they defeated and, one would argue, demoralized the left.
Plus, according to CBS News, we small donors are making a difference:
When it comes to Tea Party candidates — small donors are emerging as a major force. Their contributions — $200 or less — are arriving in mass numbers.
Update: Instalanche! The Professor links not here but to our crosspost at Dan's, but what the hey? All for the greater cause! Must be why we're getting so many great comments over there — and here as well, what with a secondary Riehl-lanche spilling into the Site Meter.